In the Potting Shed: Peonies, Roses & Blue and White


Happy Friday and Mother’s Day Weekend!

 I’ve taken some time to stop and smell the roses and peonies that are in bloom this week!


The peonies smell heavenly. . .


Peony blooms are so fleeting, especially when you factor in heavy rain showers and thunderstorms that pummel the petals.


Time to gather ye peonies while ye may and enjoy the bloom!


In addition to peonies, I gathered some vintage mason jars along with some blue and white transferware for a blooming table in the Potting Shed.



Blue and white floral salad plates were found at Pottery Barn last spring. The crackle glaze and transferware-inspired floral motif had a vintage look without the price tag.


They’re layered on Mikasa English Countryside plates and topped with favorite nesting bird dishes.


Pieces of blue and white transferware were collected over time. . .a little shabby and time-worn.


Platters with crazing and chips. . .tureens and sugar bowls with missing lids.

But imperfectly perfect to serve up flowers!


I cut some blooming blackberry bush to enjoy the little white flowers. Blackberries grow along the edge of the field by my shed and the distant rumble of a tractor told me they were moments away from their demise with the annual spring mow.


Handle with care, these delicate little flowers grow on thorny canes, more hazardous than the thorns on rose bushes!

Garden gloves hold napkins with a bouquet of mismatched vintage floral flatware.








I hope you’re taking some time to stop and smell the roses!


♥ Happy Mom’s Day ♥

Thank you for your visit!

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  48 comments for “In the Potting Shed: Peonies, Roses & Blue and White

  1. Vicky
    May 11, 2018 at 7:02 am

    What a clever idea to use blackberry buds/blossoms on your table. I like using all sorts of weeds and grasses but those thorny little beauties never crossed my mind. Thanks!

  2. Granny Gay:)
    May 11, 2018 at 7:12 am

    What a beautifully happy, happy table for Mother’s Day. Interesting pattern combination going on…with the tiny striped napkins (placemats) and flowered ones, too. I need to go to Trader Joe’s for some peonies…they are not very successful in my yard…
    Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for sharing…

  3. Karen Wright
    May 11, 2018 at 7:20 am

    The Peonies are so beautiful! Love all the pink flowers with the blue and white! I pointed out all the blackberry bushes in bloom along the side of the road just yesterday to my hubby! They were abundant on the road we were on. And yes, they are quite the sticky little things and would never thought about cutting the blossoms! Mary, you’re so clever! Beatiful display of florals and dishes! Happy Mother’s Day!

  4. May 11, 2018 at 7:44 am

    So beautiful Mary!!! I totally want to come visit and sit a spell in your GLORIOUS potting shed!! Thank you so much for sharing this beauty – it’s such a treat!! Happy Mother’s Day!!!! xoxoxo, Jennifer

  5. Debra Matcovich
    May 11, 2018 at 7:46 am


  6. Mary Louise Crimmins
    May 11, 2018 at 7:53 am

    I look at your pics and a sense of peace and calmness come to me. Many thanks!

  7. Linda Goodyear
    May 11, 2018 at 7:55 am

    Hi Mary , so beautiful thank you for sharing! I miss all of these now that I live in Florida!!

  8. May 11, 2018 at 8:03 am

    So pretty! I adore the smell of peonies and can’t wait for mine. Beautiful dishes!

  9. Mary Lathrop
    May 11, 2018 at 8:06 am

    Blue was never my favorite color . But over the yrsI have shifted my thinking. There are so many shades in dishes, painted pieces ,and paint colors. You have made me a believer. Now I have beautiful blue and white pieces in my kitchen, yea Me😍

  10. Brenda S
    May 11, 2018 at 8:17 am

    I love those nesting bird dishes! We have 5 acres and I have a lot of bird feeders and have birds featured in my decor in kitchen and living room. And I am going to borrow your clever idea of gardening gloves as napkin and utensil holder, so appropriate this time of year. I so enjoy your blog!

  11. Donna
    May 11, 2018 at 8:19 am

    Morning. I agree with Jennifer that it would be sweet to come over to your potting shed and just sit/enjoy this view. Your Pottery Barn blue and white transferware plates look similar to ones I picked up at an estate sale last weekend. I told myself I did not need them but…This colors and the peonies are favorites. Wish I had started collecting blue and white sooner. Again, we appreciate these visual feast. Thank you. Sometimes I like to dress the table just for us, not exactly with dinner in mind. The garden gloves with multiple silverware designs are so very sweet! It is easy to see why you were a standout at visual display. Wow, wow, wow.

  12. May 11, 2018 at 8:30 am

    Swoon Mary, all those big fat beautiful blooms! The pinks are so pretty against the blue and white!

  13. Gayle Dodson
    May 11, 2018 at 8:41 am

    Going out to cut a bouquet of peonies right now. I have several bushes including one from my grandmother’s home place. I am on the Flower Guild in our church, we love using these beauties in the naive. The heady aroma permeates the entire sanctuary.
    Love your display using blue ware with nature’s best.

  14. May 11, 2018 at 8:42 am

    Mary, what a pretty Mother’s Day gift in my email this morning! Peonies are one of my favorite flowers even though they are fleeting. Beautiful mix of blue and white with pink, a perfect setting!💕

  15. Cyndi Raines
    May 11, 2018 at 9:22 am

    Thank you for such a pretty display of flowers , dishes and awesome vintage flower flatware! Those Peonies are beautiful, so delicate. My plant is only about 1 foot tall, but growing steadily each day. My tulip tree is in full bloom with it’s delicate pink and white tulip flowers and I prayed that last night’s rain would not have placed them all scattered on the ground this morning. We wait so long for spring to come, I hate it when Mr.Frost hits or the rain destroys. All is well with the Tulip tree and my Azalea bush, they are both in their glory. Love it! Happy Mother’s Day, give Sweet Gracie a hug for me. Any decisions on a new fur baby? My neice just rescued a 6 week old kitten from a friends barn and boy, is she darling and so much fun to watch. Thanks Mary! Hugs.

  16. May 11, 2018 at 9:32 am

    I have great peonies in my yard. Every year they are so covered with ants and I have to shake them out before I bring them in. they often curl to one side as well. Any suggestions???? Yours are beautiful and you don’t have ants crawling out of the center…..

    • May 11, 2018 at 10:01 am

      Hi Gail, I read in Southern Living that peonies attract ants but they’re more of a blessing than a curse since ants play an important role in helping peonies bloom. Ants are attracted to the nectar found inside peony buds; when they climb inside the buds, they help them open. Plus, ants help keep other (damaging) insects away. Give them a good rinse to remove ants or cut them when they’re at the soft marshmallow, break bud stage.

  17. May 11, 2018 at 9:38 am

    Hi Mary,

    I would like to personally invite you to join the Facebook Group, Creative Decor by CoziNest. It’s a place to share vignettes styled throughout our homes. We feature surfaces from countertops to coffee tables. We would like to offer contests and giveaways that highlight items we use in our vignettes. Stop over to see what it’s all about. And feel free to start sharing! I look forward to seeing your creations!

    Kim Burdette CoziNest Antiques and Decor

    Sent from my iPad


  18. Yvonne
    May 11, 2018 at 9:41 am

    Such a lovely table, the flowers and dinnerware are beautiful. My Southern California garden is blooming away, thank you for reminding me to get out there and enjoy the show.

  19. Susie
    May 11, 2018 at 9:56 am

    Here in Virginia we have no roses or peonies yet–just pollen!! I am envious…and sneezing!

    • May 11, 2018 at 10:23 am

      Hi Susie, I was sneezing this morning! We still have lots of tree pollen and I’m anxiously waiting to hose the porch down when it’s done. :)

  20. S Williams
    May 11, 2018 at 10:07 am

    Hi Mary Just absolutely love this beautiful display! Love the blue transferware & silverware as well. The little bird dishes are precious. The blackberry blooms are so delicate & pretty. Love the gorgeous peonies & roses. You are so very talented & each email is such a treat! Thanks for sharing with us. Happy Mother’s Day! Clara

  21. May 11, 2018 at 10:15 am

    What a romantically adorned table in my favorite potting shed, Mary! I love those little birdie plates so much. Happy Mother’s Day with your sweet Gracie! xxoo
    p.s. I bought the azalea food that you recommended., and sprinkled it around. Maybe the second blooms on my plants will improve.

  22. anne
    May 11, 2018 at 11:33 am

    One of your prettiest tablescapes. Just lovely. The colors are dreamy.
    My peonies are beautiful right now. I don’t cut them anymore because they are always full of ants and other creepy crawlies with pinchers. Don’t know what they are, but I’ve been surprised too many times at the sink. I’ll let Mother Nature enjoy her work and leave them in my garden.
    Happy Weekend!

    • May 11, 2018 at 12:59 pm

      Thank you Anne! Those creepy crawlies are earwigs and they’ve surprised me a time or two, lol! I learned to give the peonies a swish in a bucket outside :)

  23. Susan Harrelson
    May 11, 2018 at 12:25 pm

    Blue and white; one of my favorites! 💗

  24. Ricki Treleaven
    May 11, 2018 at 1:35 pm

    Beautiful, Mary! I love the gardening gloves and ALL the blue and white!

  25. Polly
    May 11, 2018 at 2:54 pm

    This may be my favorite ever! I love everything about this table! Here in west Texas we are dealing with hot wind and no rain! The wind has stripped my new rose bushes and bedding plants – no flowers to cut and enjoy. So I get to enjoy yours online! lol

    • May 11, 2018 at 2:55 pm

      Oh how awful Polly! I feel your pain! 🌺🌸💐

  26. Joan
    May 11, 2018 at 3:19 pm

    Beautiful post. Happy Mother’s day Mary.

  27. Marilyn
    May 11, 2018 at 3:20 pm

    Mary your flowers are gorgeous. Have a Happy Mother’s Day.

  28. Marion
    May 11, 2018 at 3:21 pm

    Everything is so lovely. I like the bird plates. Happy Mother’s Day Mary.

  29. Kathy Menold
    May 11, 2018 at 4:20 pm

    Went out yesterday and cut a bouquet of peonies for my cut glass. vase and make sure I saved them from the “Peony Rain” as I call it. Always get those heavy storms that knock them down just when they are blooming. Absolutely love the smell and like to put them by my bedside for sweet dreams and to be the first thing I see when I wake up. Happy Mother’s Day to all . Have a beautiful day.

    • May 12, 2018 at 5:37 am

      ‘Peony Rain’ is the perfect description Kathy! I can only imagine how wonderful their fragrance is to wake up to. Happy Mother’s Day. ♥

  30. Virginia
    May 11, 2018 at 4:32 pm

    So very pretty Mary. I just love Peonies too and yours are beautiful especially with the blue and white transferware. I was able to cut a few last week between storms but unfortunately last night’s storm did the remainder in, thank you so much for sharing yours. The pollen in NE North Carolina has been abundant and had hoped it might have been washed away with last night’s storm but just heard my husband sneeze as he works on the boat. Enjoy your weekend and hope your Sunday might be spent on your boat as our will. Happy Mother’s Day to all.

    • May 12, 2018 at 5:36 am

      Thank you Virginia! My hubby was sneezing as he cleaned the boat last night too. I’m beyond ready for the end of pollen season. Happy Boating & Mother’s Day Weekend to you ♥

  31. Botanic Bleu
    May 11, 2018 at 7:25 pm

    HI, Mary,
    As always a visit to your garden shed is so inspiring. You show the most innovative beautiful table settings in all of your special places… garden shed, grassy lawn picnics, boating, etc… I always love seeing them all.

    Happy Mother’s Dau,


  32. Catherine LUXEREAU
    May 12, 2018 at 3:39 am

    Bonjour Mary, Quelle magnifique table pour la fête des mères : merveilleuse idée !!! Les roses et les pivoines sont mes fleurs préférées comme beaucoup de femmes je crois ! C’est superbe comme d’habitude ! Les fleurs sont toujours en avance ou vous êtes car ici, mes rosiers sont encore en “bouton” et mes pivoines ne sont pas fleuries non plus…Quelle chance pour vous ! Bonne journée et bon dimanche.

    • May 12, 2018 at 5:25 am

      Merci Catherine pour tes gentils commentaires et visites! J’espère que le printemps arrive bientôt en France. ♥

  33. May 12, 2018 at 5:27 am

    Very pretty Mary! I’d guess the peonies will bloom around the end of the month here-looking forward to it! Enjoy your weekend and give Gracie a big ole hug for me:@)

  34. Anja
    May 12, 2018 at 10:02 am

    Love your Blue and White.
    Instead of the little flowers of the blackberry bush I’ve is er the flowers of the hawthorn.

  35. Virginia
    May 12, 2018 at 5:05 pm

    Mary, it’s Virginia again. I sent my. 93 year old Mother the Garden Apron which you featured as her Mother’s Day gift. I included pretty nitrill gloves, seeds and a gift certificate for plants just as you had shown. She called me yesterday to tell me how much she loves and appreciates the gift but did not want to get the pretty apron dirty so she plans to hang it up on display in her gardening and flower arranging room. 😊🌻🌸

    • May 12, 2018 at 5:29 pm

      Oh how fun Virginia! I bet it’s pretty hanging in her garden room. Happy Mother’s Day 🌺🌿💐🌸🌞

  36. Rita C.
    May 12, 2018 at 8:33 pm

    So pretty, Mary. It seems my work in the garden this year is going to be about dividing, transplanting and nurturing new plants to replace those withering over the years. Of course, I’ll be trying to nurture a few new ones too. Your shed always makes me happy when you style it with blooms and pretty dishes. Gets me every time!

  37. May 13, 2018 at 8:59 am

    Obsessed with peonies, heading to Oregon to adelmans, a large grower this week, I adore those huge floppy fragrant heads! Brave girl with the blackberries, I think they are the bane of my garden existence, invasive devils yet you make them look sweet and demure! Happy mother’s day to you, I’m spending mine in the garden for a good ten hours 😬

  38. May 17, 2018 at 4:11 pm

    So beautiful!!! Where do you find all of the gorgeous gardening gloves!! You always seem to find the perfect floral pattern in a glove to match your beautiful dishes. I live vicariously through your garden shed. It is going to take quite a while before I have any real garden to speak of – we need to do so many other things first to this place – in due time – but in the mean time – I drool over your spectacular florals!

    • May 17, 2018 at 7:47 pm

      Hi Ann, Thank you for your sweet comment! I have a collection of gloves that are too pretty to use. I pick up a pair at Target every spring 🌸💐🌺

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